University of Vermont

Office of Experiential Learning October 2013 Update

NR 1 student measures tree height on the UVM green.
NR 1 student measures tree height on the UVM green.

What a busy fall it's been for the Office of Experiential Learning! Thirty-five students returned from diverse, interesting, and meaningful credit bearing summer internships/research opportunities. You'll see some of those great internships highlighted in this newsletter. The Rubenstein Perennial Summer Internship Program had a second successful summer and we're actively gearing up for Summer 2014 with a fantastic group of exciting internship opportunities. The Perennial Internship descriptions for Summer 2014 will hopefully be made available to students in January, and applications with be due in early February.

This fall, eleven service-learning courses are being taught by RSENR faculty, allowing students to engage in a variety of community projects to apply the skills and knowledge they are exploring in the classroom to real-world situations.  Of note, for the third year NR1: Natural History & Field Ecology is teaming up with the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative and Vermont Urban & Community Forestry to assess the health of Burlington's urban forest, and the seniors in NR 206: Environmental Problem-Solving & Impact Assessment are beginning work on eighteen diverse projects to address authentic problems identified by community partners.

The campus-wide Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, October 22nd from 4:30-6:00pm in the Billings Library to celebrate a decade of service-learning at UVM.  Susan Munkres, CUPS director, is seeking exceptional past student work and partnership experiences to highlight at the event.  If you have something to share, please contact Susan at susan.munkres@uvm.edu.

Finally, the Office of Experiential Learning is also taking the lead in facilitating conversations about expanding experiential learning opportunities with state agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Fish and Wildlife Department. These conversations will hopefully lead to more collaboration and opportunities for Rubenstein School students, faculty, and staff to connect more deeply with the important work being done in the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

If you have any questions or ideas for the Office of Experiential Learning, please contact Anna Smiles-Becker at 802-656-3002 or Elise Schadler at 802-656-5480.